Captain
Andrew Turkstra

Member since January 2017 Nanaimo, Canada
Background
I have been fishing all my life. Many had suggested I become a fishing guide, so I took their advice and after working for a number of different fishing charters on the west coast of Vancouver Island, I started my own business called Reel Time Fishing Charters. With a passion for boating, fishing and the enjoyment of helping people catch fish, there has been no looking back!
Techniques
Trolling, jigging, casting, and baiting for halibut.

Hey, I'm Captain Andrew Turkstra

Nanaimo, Canada
Background
I have been fishing all my life. Many had suggested I become a fishing guide, so I took their advice and after working for a number of different fishing charters on the west coast of Vancouver Island, I started my own business called Reel Time Fishing Charters. With a passion for boating, fishing and the enjoyment of helping people catch fish, there has been no looking back!
Techniques
Trolling, jigging, casting, and baiting for halibut.

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Reel Time Fishing Charters Nanaimo

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Nanaimo
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Fishing Reports

Fishing in Nanaimo continues to be Stell

June 29, 2020

July 2020 Fishing Report by Reel Time Fishing Charters Fishing in Nanaimo continues to be stellar during the month of July, 2020. In the past few days, we’ve hooked several Chinook salmon in the high teens and low twenties.… Read Full Report →


The Coho have Arrived!

June 12, 2020

This morning, I took a group of anglers out to one of my favorite places for Coho fishing in Nanaimo. We were not disappointed. In addition to some very fine Chinook salmon that we caught and released, we also… Read Full Report →


Best Winter Fishing in Years

March 05, 2020

Best Winter Fishing in Years! It may be cold out there. It may even be windy and wavy like it was this morning. Yet, the fishing remains excellent for this time of year. This morning, in the midst of… Read Full Report →


February 2020: Nanaimo Fishing and Sight

February 21, 2020

February 2020 is producing some of the best Nanaimo fishing in years. And February is also producing some of the greatest wildlife sightings in years. This past week (Friday, February 21), our fishing trip took us along the route… Read Full Report →


Family Day Fun with Reel Time Fishing Ch

February 12, 2020

amily Day Fun with Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours. Looking for something to do this family day in Nanaimo? How about a fun filled fishing and sight-seeing trip along with some crabbing aboard our new vessel "Friendship".… Read Full Report →


Chinook Fishing in Nanaimo is Great!

January 26, 2020

Winter Springs (Chinook) are Biting in Nanaimo. Reel Time Fishing Charters & Marine Tours has started the year off with some great fishing. This past weekend on two separate occassions, we managed to find some bait and along with… Read Full Report →


September Fishing in Nanaimo Continues T

September 08, 2019

After two amazing months in Ucluelet, Reel Time Fishing Charters is back in Nanaimo where Chinook salmon fishing continues to be stellar. This morning's 4 hour charter produced 3 keepers and many just under that were released. This run… Read Full Report →


Fishing and weather continues to be phen

May 30, 2019

A record catch! Today we landed and released over 50 Chinook salmon on a five hour charter. I have never seen fishing like this in Nanaimo waters. In fact it's been like this we over the past few weeks.… Read Full Report →


Best Fishing In Nanaimo--It's Just Aroun

April 05, 2019

In another week or so, Chinook Salmon fishing in and around the waters of Nanaimo should be at its best. These fish usually begin to show around the second week of April with the run usually at its strongest… Read Full Report →


Our 23ft Hourston Glascraft, ready and w

December 01, 2018

With the dawning of a new year, Reel Time Fishing Charters is once again open for the business of good times and good fishing in the Harbor City of Nanaimo. If 2019 turns out to be anything like the… Read Full Report →


Back in Nanaimo where the fishing is spe

September 13, 2018

After two sensational months of fishing in Ucluelet, Reel Time Fishing Charters has returned to Nanaimo to finish our year. Our charters in Nanaimo and Ucluelet produced some of the best fishing I have seen in over a decade.… Read Full Report →


They came, they saw, they caught the bug

June 27, 2018

It was one of those days out there, 20 to 25 knot winds, big seas and the possible threat of rain. Yet they came and we went. Fishing was tricky due to the windy conditions. And, at first, I… Read Full Report →


Best eating, best fighting, and best loo

June 19, 2018

I say this every time we hook and land a fish like this: "Chinook Salmon are the best fighting, best eating and for sure the best looking fish in the Pacific Northwest." This fish (and a few others) was… Read Full Report →


Great Fishing Continues in Nanaimo

June 02, 2018

I've been fishing the Nanaimo area for many years but have yet to see this area produce like it has lately. The typical run of fish that produces some great fishing and good numbers usually takes place during the… Read Full Report →


Great Fishing in Nanaimo Continues!

May 25, 2018

Great fishing continues in Nanaimo! Fish in the mid to high teens are being caught from the Winchelsea's all the way to the outside deep edge of Entrance Island. Over the past few days, Reel Time Fishing Charters has… Read Full Report →


Caught and Released: A 27lb King (Chinoo

May 15, 2018

Those who have fished aboard Reel Time Fishing Charters are aware of our conservation efforts: 5% of every charter goes back into the resource through the Pacific Salmon Foundation and..., we release anything over 25lbs. Today, we were privileged… Read Full Report →


Fishing Remains Great in Nanaimo.

May 11, 2018

Fishing remains good to great in Nanaimo. Numbers of fish are still abundant with some larger fish beginning to show. Yesterday's trip (May 11/2018) produced a few in the high teens. Book your next trip with Reel Time Fishing… Read Full Report →


Sensational Chinook Fishing Continues in

May 01, 2018

Fishing continues to be stellar in Nanaimo. These 7 fish were caught yesterday (May 1) on a 4 hour afternoon trip. Catch the action and book a trip soon while this run of salmon is still around. Read Full Report →


Sensational Chinook Fishing Continues in

April 19, 2018

Nanaimo offers some great fishing, particularly during the months of April and May.  Over the past few weeks, we have limited out on almost every single Nanaimo fishing charter.  Most of the Chinook salmon we've been catching have been… Read Full Report →


Sensational Chinook Fishing Continues in

April 16, 2018

Fishing has been very good in Nanaimo. Over the past 3 days, we've manage to put 16 chinook in the box including this one that tipped the scales at just over 20 pounds. Most of the fish being caught… Read Full Report →


Sensational Chinook Fishing

April 10, 2018

Its that time of year again when Chinook salmon show up in very strong numbers in and around Nanaimo waters. Today's catch of fish of five fish within four hours is typical of the great fishing we see this… Read Full Report →


They're Here!

April 02, 2018

Nanaimo Fishing Report from Reel Time Fishing Charters: Chinook salmon are starting to show in some good numbers around the Nanaimo area. Today's trip produced 2 fish for our guest. We lost 2 others and let one go that… Read Full Report →


Best Fall Fishing in Years

September 18, 2017

September of 2017 has produced some of the best Fall fishing I have ever seen in the Nanaimo area. Last week, we were hooking many large returning Chinook by Entrance Island. When those fish moved, we tried the shallows… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-June Report

June 27, 2017

Fishing has picked up again in and around Nanaimo waters. Over the past two days, we've been hooking into lots of fish just off the Five Fingers and the Hudson's Islands. Book your next trip with us soon while… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-June report

June 13, 2017

Reel Time Fishing Charters: June Report Fishing in and around Nanaimo has had its challenges over the past week. The water has colored due to the freshet spilling out of the Fraser and bait along with some decent size… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-June report

June 02, 2017

Quality verses quantity, that's how I'd describe the fishing in Nanaimo lately. During our last three outings, we've managed to put a total of 5 Chinook Salmon in the box. Not great in terms of numbers. But almost all… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-May Report

May 16, 2017

Phenomenal fishing continues in and around the waters of Nanaimo. This morning, we landed 4 beautiful Chinook all between the 14 to 16 lb range, all within 90 minutes of fishing. Of the four fish, 2 where the coveted… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-May Report

May 15, 2017

They're back! I mean the numbers of Chinook seem to be back. Yesterday afternoon and this morning (Monday May 15), we were able to put a number of fish in the box fairly quickly. Though most of the fish… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-May Report

May 02, 2017

Another great afternoon on the water yesterday afternoon with Reel Time Fishing Charters. We caught the back end of high tide and had action right away. An hour or so after, the bite was off so we went searching… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-April Report

April 30, 2017

If someone would have told me I would be catching 8 Chinook Salmon on a 4 hour charter in Nanaimo, I would have thought they were talking about the "gold old days". However, that is exactly what happened Friday… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-April Report

April 25, 2017

"I haven't seen fishing like this in 25 years!" That is what a seasoned angler told me the other day. And I would have to agree. Yesterday morning, we had 8 double headers in less than 2 hours. Today,… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-April Report

April 19, 2017

Fishing and crabbing continue to be off the charts in Nanaimo. A four hour bronze trip at only $340.00 CAD is all you need to put salmon and and crab on the evening menu. Book a trip with Reel… Read Full Report →


Reel Time Fishing Charters-April Report

April 17, 2017

Fishing continues to be very good in Nanaimo. This past weekend, we had no trouble limiting out with groups of two and three people. On Saturday, we managed to pull in six beautiful Chinook within 2 hours of fishing.… Read Full Report →


The bite is on in Nanaimo

April 08, 2017

Fishing in Nanaimo continues to be very good off the Five Fingers. This morning, our group limited out with 6 fish, three in the 7-8 lb range, a couple in the mid teens and one in the low twenties.… Read Full Report →


April Fishing Report: Reel Time Fishing

April 07, 2017

Well, we finally found some good fishing in the waters of Nanaimo. We were out for only 4 hours and landed 5, lost 2 nice ones by the boat and released 4 that were smaller. The fish are in… Read Full Report →


Nanaimo Fishing Report, April 2017

April 04, 2017

Salmon: This past weekend, Reel Time Fishing Charters spent 3 days on the water. On Saturday (April 1), we fished the shallows near Neck Point, the Brickyard and even went as far as Nanoose finding only small fish in… Read Full Report →


March Salmon Fishing Report

March 25, 2017

Over the past month, we've been out on a handful of charters, the last two being this past Friday and Saturday. With a strong NE wind blowing Friday (March 24), we tried our luck in the Northumberland Channel. Near… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.53
out of 5 stars from 26 reviews
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Half day with captain Turk
Half day with captain Turk
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
74%
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Jack X.
Surrey, British Columbia
 5.00
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4 hour trip with Turk

VERIFIED   NEW  September 11, 2020
I booked a 4 hour trip with Turk for my group of 6. None of us knew how to fish and did not know what to expect. Turk was super...
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Alan P.
Calgary, AB
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  September 3, 2020
Fish were biting caught 2 large coho and had lots of strikes fantastic day on water with Captain Turk Highly recommend...
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Todd R.
Surrey, BC
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Awesome! Great guide and we hqd a good time!

VERIFIED   July 22, 2020
Andrew is world class and a truly classy friendly captain! Knows his stuff and just a great guide showing us a great time!...
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Michael S.
Calgary, AB
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Half day trip with Capt. Turk

VERIFIED   August 12, 2020
Great guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. Boat was accommodating and spacious. Perfect for the family.
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Lorne M.
Nanaimo, BC
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Afternoon trip with Turk

VERIFIED   July 26, 2020
Turk (our guide/host) was awesome. Found some fish even landed a few. Fantastic time, highly recommend Reel Time fishing...
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